We need you!

We need you!

The UR’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority wants you to submit to Talker! The chapter members are HUGE fans of the magazine. University of Rochester Quadrangle, 11/18/16 [Photo: David Kramer]

The bad news is that Talker writers are, alas, feeling the strain of multiple commitments and demands on our time.

The good news is the magazine is — always — a communal endeavor. If you have enjoyed the magazine, please consider contributing your own stories and/or images on whatever topics interest you. We very much welcome and need many voices. Or, at least, please suggest the same to friends, on facebook or in person.


Siobhan Seigne at the George Eastman statue see Fur is not yet dead at the University of Rochester 11/18/16

The contact email is on every page: David Kramer [email protected]

That said, in the past year, we’ve had great contributions (below): from Bill Pruitt and Justin Delinois and Olivia Spenard and Leslie Kramer and  Michael Nighan and Dean Tucker and Shadi Kafi  and Emily Sargent and Bruce Kay and Jason Muhammad and Kitty Jospé and Jordan Ebersberger and George Payne and John Roche and Courtney Kuhn and Anna Gleason and Rajesh Barnabas and Stefan Cohen and Athesia Benjamin and Julie Everitt. 

And that list is very partial. See To readers and contributors, much thanks


(l-r, t-b) Bill Pruitt, Justin Delinois, Olivia Spenard, Leslie Kramer, Michael Nighan, Dean Tucker, Shadi Kafi, Emily Sargent. Bruce Kay, Jason Muhammad, Kitty Jospé, Jordan Esberger , George and Mendon Payne, John Roche, Courtney Kuhn, Anna Gleason, Rajesh Barnabas, Stefan Cohen, Athesia Benjamin and Julie Everitt. Image created with much appreciation by the Rush Rhees’ IT staff.


Issue No. 2 Scanned courtesy of the UR’s Rush Rhees library 11/18/16

Our call for your support has now a certain urgency. Today at the University of Rochester we discovered a new print newspaper is snaking its way through town: Genesee River Rebellion: A Publication of Rochester Black Rose Anarchist Federation.


UR’s Rush Rhees’s library, 11/18/16 [Photo: Siobhan Seigne]

While we respect the right of the anarchist federation to make its voice heard, we are concerned that black rose rebels have been spotted on the Rush Rhees barricades and next to the George Eastman statue.


Siobhan Seigne at the George Eastman statue see The sky announces the Moon Dress landing at Meliora Weekend 11/18/16

So don’t let Talker wither away. Your choices will be stark: the Democrat and Chronicle and the Genesee River Rebellion. As Madame Pompadour would say, après Talker, le Déluge.


Fur is not yet dead at the University of Rochester

The sky announces the Moon Dress landing at Meliora Weekend

Score one for love at Meliora Weekend

Print is not dead yet at the University of Rochester

Talker invited to the University of Rochester to talk about Talker

About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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